Two Toronto Police officers have been charged under the Police Services Act for not properly searching for North Bay native Tess Richey in the aftermath of her reported disappearance.

Officers Michael Jones and Alan McCullough both face misconduct and neglect of duty charges for their lack of action after their arrival near the location where Richey’s body was eventually found by her own mother after a search by family members of the Village area of Toronto.

Reports following a police tribunal today say it is alleged the officers did not thoroughly search the area nor perform a proper canvass. City TV is reporting that the officers in question were as close as 40 metres from where Richey’s body was later discovered after responding to the report that she was missing.”

Richey’s body was found in a stairwell adjacent to a house being renovated in the Church Street and Dundonald Street area four days after she was reported as missing. Kalen Schlatter, 22, faces one charge of first-degree murder in Richey’s murder.

Initial findings by the coroner pointed to a case of death by misadventure but the cause of death for the 22-year-old Richey was later ruled to be homicide by neck compression.